Responsibilities of Being a Nanny Employer

In every other type of childcare setting, the provider or center decides on the rules and takes on the responsibilities of running the business. With nanny care, the bucks stops with you.

The upside is you don’t have to live by the rules of your family care provider or daycare center. You decide on the schedule, the type of activities your kids are involved in, the environment, etc. But that also means it’s up to you to take care of all the employer stuff like setting expectations and boundaries, talking to your nanny about performance issues and dealing with payroll, taxes, insurance and record keeping. (Although you can hire a nanny tax service to do that last part for you.)  Below is a summary of the responsibilities, both required by law and recommended by industry standards, that a nanny employer should be prepared to take on before choosing to hire a nanny.

Legal Responsibilities
Employer Taxes
Employee Taxes
Minimum Wage
Worker’s Compensation
Pay Stubs
Auto Insurance If Using Employer’s Car
Mileage Reimbursement for Nannies That Use Their Own Cars
Following State Laws When Your Nanny Quits or Is Fired
Filing Forms and Submitting Taxes

Industry Responsibilities (click to see details)
Clear, Fair Job Description
Fair Compensation Package
Safe Work Environment
Effective Communication
Comprehensive Contract
Back-Up Care Plan